Château Capbern is one of the best kept secrets of Saint-Estèphe. It is the sister property of Château Calon-Ségur and had been owned by the Gasqueton family from 1894 until it was sold in 2012, following the death of Denise Capbern-Gasqueton. A Cru Bourgeois, it is an excellent example of a wine that performs above its classification.
The 41 hectare property is located to the east of Calon-Ségur near the village of Saint-Estèphe, overlooking the Gironde on gravel and limestone soils. Saint-Estèphe is one of the northernmost communes on the Left Bank. The water-retaining, cool clay soils underneath the layer of gravel allow the vines to perform better than some of its neighbours during hot and dry years.
Notes and Reviews
James Suckling (92)
This is structured and very linear with superfine and polished tannins. It’s full-bodied yet reserved and held back with such tension and focus. Full-bodied, fine and chewy on the finish. Better in 2020.
|Grape Varieties||Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot|
|Age of Vines||25 years old|
|Vinification||Hand picking. A first selection of grapes on the vine. Mechanical sorting of the grapes by vibration, followed by hand sorting. Temperature-controlled conical stainless-steel tanks. Maceration for 18 to 21 days.|
|Elevage||18 months in oak barrels (60% new oak)|
|Soil Type||A thick layer of gravel laid down during the Quaternary Period. Predominantly clay sub-soil from the Tertiary Period. At the summit of the gravel deposits, there is also a fine layer of clay of lacustrine origin.|